Wednesday, 22 January 2020

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Post 6726
  Del Styan, Norwich
Shame about the Archbishop's left foot - must be a hell of a bunion!

Saturday, 28 December 2019 - 22:55
Post 6725
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of the crowds gathered for the Boxing Day Dip here in Dover. The weather was grim so it looked like there were fewer people gathered but we still saw a healthy turnout. The tide was high and as a consequence the beach was narrow/short etc etc...but the usual hardy souls took to the cold cold water with the usual all-conquering gusto...

And from a former year looking back from the opposite direction...

Many thanks for that info below AG ..Smiley


Saturday, 28 December 2019 - 08:59
Post 6724
  A G Jones, Whitfield (
re the "Caesarea" going astern - yes, that's what her balls on the rear mast indicate

Saturday, 28 December 2019 - 06:49
Post 6723
  Sea News, Dover

Dover RNLI recently welcomed a Special Visitor

Volunteers at Dover RNLI were invited to the station earlier this month to meet a mystery guest.

They were delighted to welcome Archbishop Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, as he had asked to visit the station, which is in his diocese, as the location to film his New Year's Day message.

As well as filming, Archbishop Welby spent time speaking to volunteers there about their fundraising, visitor and education work there, and to the crew about the challenges of keeping such a busy station afloat.

Dover Coxswain James Clapham said, 'Our lifeboat station is very much a part of our community and we are always happy to welcome people from other walks of life to see what we do and learn more about our work.

'The Archbishop was very supportive of our great volunteers and showed a real understanding of how we operate. He enjoyed a tour of the boat and chatted to the crew about their rescues and their 'other' lives away from the station.'

The Archbishops New Year's Day message will broadcast on New Years Day on BBC One at 1pm and again on BBC Two (with subtitles) at 4pm that day.


The Dover Lifeboat in recent action..

That's Archbishop Welby 5th from left or 7th from right in the top pic above.
Many thanks as ever to the Dover Lifeboat team. Smiley


Great all round coverage in the posts below from Mike our 'inshore correspondent' excellent suff! Smiley
And very interesting info below from Mark in Northants excellent Smiley
Thanks Del... hope all going good where you are Smiley


Friday, 27 December 2019 - 06:40
Post 6722
  Mike J., Dover

Mark - Thanks for the interesting cloud info – I used to do a bit of gliding back when dinosaurs ruled the earth but we never saw lenticulars over Kent Gliding Club at Challock !
I’ve been lucky enough to see the classic ‘stack of saucers’ overseas.

Odd that you should mention Xmas trees on the ferries, I was about to do a piece on them after seeing a tree on a vessel in Dover a day or two ago after photting the EAGLE in the Tidal Basin.

The tree was mounted on the VIKING PRINCESS 2, recently purchased by the Brickell Brothers who used to own the very smart Folkestone f/V VIKING PRINCESS [post 5521], often seen in Dover who has been sold to Eastbourne owners.

The former PORTIA will continue to be used for angling, diving & swimmer escort duties.

I never saw masthead Xmas trees during my time on ferries [1989/98] but they were certainly to be seen in earlier years.

Here’s an excellent view of the CEASAREA sporting her tree in 1967 as she came astern thru the Western Entrance for an Western Docks berth.

The image doesn’t stand much enlargement but here’s a closer view.

Note the Captain & officers & Quartermaster temporarily navigating from the wheelhouse top as she backs to the berth.
The two black balls on the aftermast are THOUGHT to be hoisted to indicate that the vessel is going astern - can anyone confirm this ?

CEASAREA photo copyright & courtesy of John Hendy & Dover Ferry Photos forum.

Thursday, 26 December 2019 - 02:06
Post 6721
  Mark Rushton, Northants
Wow ! Great cloud. For what it's worth it's a lenticular cloud, caused by a standing wave pattern in the upper air. The standing waves are normally kicked off by the wind blowing at right angles to a mountain ridge - like the Pennines. So these are very unusual down south where there are no mountains. Probably triggered by a "phantom" mountain ridge such as a frontal system. Each wave bar marks the peak of one wave - if you look closely you can see the next peak miles downwind towards France. Glider pilots up north use wave systems to get to stupid heights of 20000 feet or more. Have a great Christmas, and thanks for the photo of the fleet laid up in Eastern Docks. Shame they don't put Christmas trees on the masts any more - anyone remember that ?

Wednesday, 25 December 2019 - 13:57
Post 6720
  Mike J., Dover (

Christmas morning with no-one on the Eastern Arm this year.

Damn cloud, the only one in a perfect blue sky, that sat there for 30 minutes, blocking the sun . . . . .


AIS showed at least ten windfarm craft parked-up at Ramsgate & four vessels anchored in Margate Roads

Border Force EAGLE came in from an early patrol & off the port one the Ramsgate BF cutters steamed slowly by after what would have been a perfect night for clandestine crossings.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019 - 11:46
Post 6719
  Mike J., Dover

Merry Christmas to all DSN readers !

Then there were three . . . . .
The Border Force patrol vessel EAGLE arrived in Dover Tuesday evening from the Solent, her usual patrol area, & was on the Crosswall Quay pontoon about midday Wednesday.
She is here over the Christmas period but all three p/vs are manned & ready for service.

HUNTER astern of EAGLE

Wednesday, 25 December 2019 - 02:30
Post 6718
  Del Styan, Norwich
And Merry Christmas to you too PB

Tuesday, 24 December 2019 - 22:47
Post 6717
  Sea News, Dover
Containers: looking westward towards the recently arrived containers as night falls on the Western Docks.
Its now beginning to get quite quiet all around fact its …
"Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas...everywhere you go..."

We will probably wind down now for a couple of days.
Merry Christmas everybody...Smiley

Tuesday, 24 December 2019 - 07:02
Post 6716
  Sea News, Dover

The Maritime Skills Academy undergoing some training exercises in the harbour on...ermmm let me see..yes Friday mid morning. They always make for a colourful display as you can see... they added some much needed colour to a grey ol' day... Delighted to take their picture for sure, anything that keeps yer bones away from Christmas Shopping has to be enjoyable.

Smiley Smiley


Monday, 23 December 2019 - 06:28
Post 6715
  Sea News, Dover
A fairly dazzling sunset above there as we look over and beyond the Western Docks, picture taken on Thursday evening. Its not often we see the sun lately so we rejoice when we see it...enough already...of this eternal rain. Sadly I missed out one of the cranes in the picture, can you believe it! Grrr Smiley

SmileyBrian thanks for that info...its always sad news to hear of situations like that. Last night the Coastguard helicopter was continuing to search to and fro in the area shown in the picture above .. for those who are not familiar, its the area just beyond the harbour.


Sunday, 22 December 2019 - 07:52
Post 6714
  brian dixon, dover
sar's helicopter and lifeboat off shakespere beach at 3.30 pm this afternoon, body found in the cliff area .

Saturday, 21 December 2019 - 16:47
Post 6713
  Sea News, Dover
Border Force Speedwell

A busy week once again for the Border Force as the migrant crossings continue despite the miserable weather. We understand 79 migrants made the crossing this week. Our new MP Natalie Elphicke has requested a meeting with the Home Secretary Priti Patel to discuss the difficult situation.
Some very recent pictures here of the ever busy Border Force Speedwell returning to base here at Dover...

Border Force Speedwell.

Many thanks Steve for the information below on the European Seaway Smiley

Del I thought the same thing...a nice idea for sure Smiley


Saturday, 21 December 2019 - 06:43
Post 6712
  Del Styan, Norwich
Nice post from DFDS - almost makes me wish I was a lorry driver, but not quite!

Friday, 20 December 2019 - 22:50
Post 6711
  Steve P, Dover
I see P&O's long lost Dover ship the European Seaway has (finally) sailed from Gdansk... ETA Calais 00:00 on 23rd December

Friday, 20 December 2019 - 08:41
Post 6710
  Sea News, Dover

Delft Seaways : Picture by George Holland

Freight drivers to enjoy complimentary Christmas meal on-board DFDS sailings

Freight drivers sailing with DFDS on their Dover to Calais and Dover to Dunkirk routes will be able to enjoy a complimentary Christmas meal on board, from Sunday 21st December.

Traditional Christmas turkey, served with pigs in blankets, roast parsnips in honey, batons of carrots, Brussel sprouts and crispy roast potatoes in a flavoursome jus will be on offer.

To follow, there will be a selection of festive dessert treats, including mince pies and homemade classic desserts all served in the exclusive on-board driver area, Road Kings.

The complimentary Christmas dinner and dessert will be available on all sailings for freight drivers from Sunday 21st December up to and including Christmas Eve.

Dave Lewis, Food & Beverage manager said ‘’Truck drivers face long and variable working hours, long distances and tight schedules. We recognise all year round how important good food and rest is and it’s especially great that we’re able to offer all our freight customers a complimentary Christmas dinner for them to enjoy the festive spirit on-board our ships.’’

For more information please visit:


Starting this Sunday Dec 21 - that's great news for the hard working truck drivers...Smiley

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Following along from Mike's pictures of the David we are with a couple of additions. The first shot shows the dredger close to the entrance of the new marina while in the background a cloud of dust from the grain loading fills the air. The pic also shows Smaragd ...just about shows her through the dust...loading the grain in the background. Smaragd has since left us.

About an hour later, in the picture below, we see David Church towing the buoy as per Mike's pictures further below page...also in shot the pilot boat and in the far distance that looks like the bull nosed ship we saw in the earlier pictures by Mike in post 6698.
These David Church pix were taken Wednesday.

'Tis a rough oul day here in Dover...well its not day yet but you know...



Friday, 20 December 2019 - 05:05
Post 6709
  Sea News, Dover
Yours truly has just had a touch of the deja vue and the double take...
Emerald is back at the New Cargo Terminal already...
seems she only just left for Vlissingen see 6704 ( or was it all a dreamSmiley Smiley )....
...might be a weather issue...

See Mike's interesting collection below of the dredger David Church..Smiley


Thursday, 19 December 2019 - 07:55
Post 6708
  Mike J., Dover


I was having trouble posting pix & had to do & re-do them several times & exceeded the magic '9' images after which the system refused to load more !

Here, hopefully, is the final image of the CHURCH towing the buoy away to it's new home.

Thursday, 19 December 2019 - 02:00
Post 6707
  Mike J., Dover

On Wednesday morning I noticed the DAVID CHURCH working at the end of the new marina pier.

She was changing what looked like a tide buoy & had come in to take shelter between the new pier & the ‘Marina Curve’ while the job was done.

The original buoy had already been recovered & the new buoy was being lowered overside.
Unfortunately the battery of my pocket camera was on it’s last legs but I was able to get a few pix of this interesting operation.

Lowering the new buoy with the old weed-encrusted buoy laying on deck

The battery finally died as the DAVID CHURCH moved slowly away, towing the buoy back to its normal location in the bay.


Incidentally if you’re driving & fancy a quick stroll up the pier there are a limited number of free one-hour parking spaces at the landward end of the marina pier.
Much better than feeding the parking machines along the seafront !

Thursday, 19 December 2019 - 01:24
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